Fashionable Findings; Francesca’s Debut! (mini-haul!)

     Hey guys! I must confess something. I’ve been sitting on the knowledge that Francesca’s exists for a few months, and have yet to do something about it. This weekend, I cracked. Hard. I got an email that I could come in and get a freebie (which is one “F” word that I love). I did make my way into their adorable shop on the last day to get my goodie, which was either a candle or bath fizzer.

     Before making my way to the counter to redeem my email, I made the grievous error of perusing the shelves. They had some adorable unicorn planners, which, had they not started in July would have gone home with me. They had a gorgeous kimono, which didn’t go with any of my items or anything in my current wardrobe. I would love to link it for you, but I’m not seeing it on their site.

     When I saw the display for the shorts, I immediately knew that I wanted a pair. I needed a pair; I absolutely had to have one. After trying probably 5 pairs of shorts and not liking them with any of the tops I was selected- I did end up leaving with 3 items in total. I do want to share some knowledge that you may find useful- they have 10 dollar shorts and cover-ups right now. Use that how you will- they have some insanely cute distressed shorts with lace detailing and some with a slightly bleached look. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to get the lace ones, maybe you will be!

       On the rack, I did also find a cute cover-up that would have made a nice tank, but I passed up on it due to not knowing when my wedding is going to be. Initially tried a pair of lace shorts, but on finding that they didn’t fit I started my hunt for one that did. Francesca’s sizing is a bit odd to me, but I did end up finding shorts that fit. The only pair in my size- no joke. 

     Sadly (for me) I wasn’t able to snag the dainty lace detailed shorts. But, I was able to find these adorable subtly bleached and distressed shorts with darker detailing. These are just so cute and comfy! I’m a little miffed that I found them at the end of Summer. I have a feeling I won’t be able to enjoy these for very long this year. 

     Lucky me that these go perfect with the aesthetic of my Festival shirt from Plato’s Closet! I’ve been aching for another thing to pair with that tank! Now if only I could wear it to an actual festival, that would be way too perfect.

     This second thing, I almost passed up on. I wasn’t planning to do too much shopping, it was supposed to be an introductory post for Francesca’s, after all. Initially I thought this was a dress, and that was way too cute (but a bit short for my taste). Imagine my surprise when I found that it was a flippin’ romper. Guys. I love rompers- though, with how tall I am it’s hard to find some that cover enough to maintain my modest style.

    This mint green look is perfect for the Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the right season to roll around for me to sport this. Look at this lace, and the off-shoulder band. This color is so cheerful and full of energy. I was dead-set on getting it and there was no way I could tell myself ‘no’ after learning it was a romper.

mint green romper from Franceca's
The first picture up from the new house! I installed (nailed to the door) a full-length mirror. I should have gone with a different color in retrospect.

   My last find was really an afterthought- though I think I really love it. It’s great to wear to work to break up my parade of dark clothes. Francesca’s has a great deal going on right now! You can buy a clearance dress and get one for 10 dollars. I almost declined, but my need for more colors drowned out my reason. I made my way to the rack hesitantly. All I had to do was make sure to find something of equal or lesser value (that’s the caveat, right?). I eventually landed on this lacy blue dress and a little black number to try on.

    The black one had me feeling (and looking) a little frumpy. But, once I got this  dress on, I knew it was the one. It fits great and is just my size. The lace is cute and dainty, with a nice swish. The color is one that doesn’t appear in my wardrobe very often, for some reason. My only gripe is the high neckline, which I ordinarily don’t go for. When something fits so nicely though, I’m willing to overlook a usual preference.

     This is perfect for work, picnic, date or just going to a fair or something. It’s a versatile dress that can pretty much be for anything if you accessorize. 

      My basic feeling about Francesca’s is that I love the variety. The bright, colorful clothing mixed in with knickknacks and notebooks, really matches what I love in a shop. Every time I’ve been there, the ladies have been fantastic and so encouraging to others who go there to peruse. I love hearing their cheery voices over the dressing room walls, “that looks great on you!”. 

     They really seem to know what they’re doing with their own style, too. They have a real grasp on layering, which admittedly is something I need to get better at. Every time I go in, there’s always something new to look at. 

     I will note that there seems to be a trend- they seem to regularly have Bachelorette party gifts and #Bride gear. It doesn’t appear that it’s there and is gone, they seem to have a rotating stock in it. So I recommend checking out Francesca’s if you or someone you know is a bride-to-be. I’ll definitely have to return to grab some party swag for me and the girls!

      I’ll definitely say that their price point a little on the mid-high side, as usual, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a boutique of this nature. It’s in tier with my favorite local boutique, The Posh Peach.

     They’re a little industrial in the interior design area- not all the way, but enough to be up my alley. It’s warm and welcoming with a great variety of items and looks and top-notch clearance. To close up this review, I’ll say I’d give it a….

/5

   We’re bringing back the rating system for boutiques with Francesca’s. I’m so pleased that I was able to actually bring something home with me this time. I’ve been in and out of here a few times over the course of the last 6 months and had to include them! If you guys head there, tag us on instagram so we can see your haul!

What’s New; Lizard Thicket Edition!

What’s new, guys? I’ve recently decided to hit some of our older locations and scout out new favorites that eluded me. I started this off by returning to Lizard Thicket, here in Columbus! I’ve spent a few days scouring their website to try to link you to the styles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to actually find anything online that I found.

Let’s get this show on the road with these four styles that I was enamored with!

Pool Party Prep!

    One of the first things I gravitated towards was this adorable Gingham wrap dress. I was a little worried about the front, because historically, I’m terrible with anything that wraps.  Imagine my joy on finding that the dress zips up the back.

    The fabric was nice and formfitting, with just a touch of texture that was more evident on my back. I really like the cut of this particular item. The little ruffles give it an air of cute femininity that just makes this the perfect item to be paired with some straw accessories.

     I’m feeling a straw bag, nothing seriously huge, but something small and portable like this, from Urban Outfitters. Since this is a perfect outfit for a day by the pool, you don’t want to forget your straw hat! This is a great dress to really lean into that summer aesthetic. I’ll go ahead and do a preview on some stylish summer accessories below! You can click those images below to visit the website!

 

Slide View: 2: Straw Ribbon-Trim Boater Hat Slide View: 5: Circle Straw Crossbody Bag Slide View: 2: Crap Eyewear The Love Tempo Sunglasses Slide View: 6: Swedish Hasbeens Kringlan Sandal

School Day Vibes!

This second style was a modest over-all dress, which is something I’m crazy about lately. These styles are just absolutely adorable and versatile and work well with stripes underneath or even a graphic tee. The closest I could find to this exact one is this, I paired it with this adorable crop top. 

This sort of thing always strikes me as school-clothes, probably in no small part because it was my favorite uniform when I was a child. Or at least close it- this is in a somewhat similar vein. Maybe that’s why I’m still insane about anything that looks like School Uniforms.

I really like the idea of leaning into the academic feeling with this style. I’m talking backpack purse, hi-socks and sneakers. In fact, might change the shirt for that… I’m feeling this one to lend a little more modesty to the look. Some accessories that I like with this are below! 

main image Slide View 2: What A Betty Knotted Headband main image

     

Aim for the Stars!

The last time I went to Lizard Thicket I found this dress- at the time, it was a size too small and wouldn’t fit properly. I’m thrilled that I found it in my size this time (though truth be told, may still be a touch form fitting). To see some of the great things I found in one of my first solo boutique posts, click here!

love this dress. It’s so shiny and seems great for all of the exorbitant partying I… don’t do. In any event, I can see this as being a lively dress for a night out on the town with the girls or even a casual date night.

Maybe I want to lean into the sparkly bits too much, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling silver or gold for accessories. You know what? Gold. We have to break up that silver with some contrast. For this dress, I mostly stuck with the Lizard Thicket’s website to aid in finding accessories, since I like to roam around the internet on my search.

  Mydebut Strappy Sandal,
                        Main,
                        color, Silver Faux Leather 

Honorable Mention:

Forever and a Day Dress

     I found a variant in this dress, it was absolutely adorable. The one I came across was yellow but was similar in every other way. I loved it. But to my sorrow, it didn’t fit me. I really, really wish I could find it on the site but it does seem to be missing some direct links in their catalog. 

     It would have been so fun to accessorize it with a lace and floral patterns, but I feel like any accessorization that I do would fall short in this case.

    Soon I’ll be returning to the Posh Peach, Sassy and Southern, Blushing Brunette to bring you their new styles!

Fourth of July Mini Lookbook

Well now, isn’t this just a busy week? I figured I’d do a small lookbook to kind of introduce myself to that sort of thing- I’m still kind of finding out new things and trying to create a  steady stream of content on the post schedule I worked out (Monday and Thursday, for the curious). What better time to introduce a new avenue, than the Fourth of July? A time that practically begs for bright colors?

As it should definitely be evident by now, I’m very… budget. I like to find cute styles for very little. Partly due to financial constraints and partly due to my own frugality. My holiday fashions are no different, I aimed to get my outfits for no more than $10 or $15 and maintain that red, red and blue theme that is so recognized for this particular holiday. One or two times, I’ve gone over my self-imposed budget due to my need for footwear. But that’s a strike I’m willing to take.

The 2 days leading up to the fourth, I really tried to dress to the occasion. I had fun trying to make it as business-casual as I could, since the outfits started out as not-work-appropriate, and more suited to a day wandering around town. I want to say I did fairly well, since I didn’t get reprimanded. 

The first ensemble I sported was a simple red tee and a jean skirt, with some stylish turquoise accessories, that cost me 8 dollars total. This entire outfit was maybe 40 dollars, altogether, including the boots. I was informed by a coworker that the shirt came across as more orange-y, but I guess that’s okay, because it still got my point across. This entire outfit came from clothes mentor, here in Columbus. I may or may not have a somewhat unhealthy fixation with this place.

 

My second style choice was a more subdued look. I went with a pair of trusty blue jeans and a red-brown blouse, paired with a white undershirt. I kept with my turquoise jewelry, of course. When I got to work I was relieved when I saw that other people had the same idea and dressed more casually for our early taste of the weekend. Sadly, I couldn’t pair this with my signature converse, since tennis shoes and sneakers are generally frowned upon in a business casual environment. I feel like a nice pair of boots can dress up (almost) any outfit, so there’s that!

 

The day finally came! The fourth of July, a day known for gratuitous loud noises and delicious food. We were all primed to have guests over, but sadly… no one could make it. More food for us, I suppose. You can check the post where I shared the Very American Frappe I was trying to formulate for a little more on that! I selected a bright and decidedly not work-appropriate style for the (not so) big day!

Really want to preface this reveal with how excited I was about this outfit- we didn’t get to go to any events, which honestly bummed me out, but it was hard to be upset with this stunningly bright red (tube?) top. I was so in love with it, and definitely need to give props to Platos Closet for having just what I needed. You might recognize the crochet vest from my hippy ensemble, I thought it added a little something, to the also pre-posted light blue, lace embellished shorts.

Post-Fourth of July…

 

With that last bright outfit, my style went back to it’s regular subdued work attire. I do want to share this last outfit of the fourth of July week because I was just so hype.

The peplum style is one that speaks to my heart- since I learned what it was years ago, I fell in love. It’s so classy, charming and simple. Absolutely timeless. This last style didn’t quite get the picture it deserved, but I’ll keep trying and hopefully get one that I can share. Until then, however, this picture shows the simplicity of the style.

The week of the Fourth of July was a lot of fun for me to play with colors, and if it’s not obvious- that was a bit out of my comfort zone. Reds and whites are especially not a fixture in my wardrobe. But this week showed me one thing: maybe they should be. 

What did you sport for the Fourth? Feel free to comment or tag your Fourth of July ensembles, I’d love to see them!

 

Fashionable Finding: The Council Has Spoken

Council shelves aesthetic
I was strangely obsessed with this shelving- their aesthetic gets me.

Hi there everyone! Welcome to yet another installment to our Fashionable Findings, I’m so thrilled to have you here! Recently, I discovered a new boutique that is pretty new. Like less than a couple of months new. I was so excited to both get a new job and find a new place to check out. Did I win the lottery? Council has some absolutely adorable clothes, and some of them are handmade by Larkin Lane. Skills.

   Strangely, I had a bout of unreliability in the form of ill-timed luck shifts- that frankly, I should be accustomed to by now. I intended to go two weeks ago. But life kept getting in the way, I’m so thankful for the patience of the workers at Council for working with me as things got a little more hectic. 

4th of July rack Council
A quick shot of their 4th of July rack

Thankfully I did finally get a chance to go in after my shift and have these gorgeous ladies model some outfits for us! We put together some cute and simple 4th of July approved ensembles that I really wanted to take home. I want to extend a quick thanks preliminarily to our models for this post, the lovely workers from the store itself! I shared some alternative shots on the Instagram, check it out if you’re curious! 

      This first one is a simple, trendy and energetic red sweatshirt that looks so incredibly comfortable paired with casual high-waters and sandals. I was absolutely loving the over-sized aesthetic with these sleeves. Call me crazy, but I ADORE baggy sweaters and sleeves. This one is perfect for our lovely little town, for sure! It would be perfectly suited to a stroll on the Riverwalk as the temperature starts to drop. But sadly, we don’t seem to have too much variance in temperature as of late, with all of this humidity. Which is a serious shame.

Red, white and blue outfit council
Red, white and blue ensemble with a nice pop of color.

I was honestly way too obsessed with this second outfit- it could almost pass as business casual with this gorgeous light jacket. It’s almost fitting for a blazer, save for the fray at the bottom. It looked amazing paired with the white shirt and ripped white skinnies- it really adds some beautiful contrast and makes that color pop. You may be asking now, “where’s the blue?” You need only direct your eyes to her stylish wedges- it’s a bit toned down in the blue department, but very much rises to the occasion. 

This is perfect for not only the fireworks show, but also drinks afterward. 

High-waisted skort and creme top
This high-waisted skort had my attention the moment I saw it on the rack. It has my heart, too.

This third outfit is one that we didn’t get to model, due to time constraints, but it’s a high-waisted gingham skort and a creme shirt. The moment I saw the skort I was enamored, but unfortunately unable to fit into it. This is a cool and trendy outfit that would be adorable with some red and blue jewelry and white wedges (can you guess what my favorite shoe is?) It would also be stunning in a more monochrome setup- so it’s really quite versatile. 

I can also see it paired with a red off-shoulder linen top. Any pop of color would be a great choice with this particular ensemble- with this one, you can get away with being bold and pairing with chunky jewelry or a huge bow in your hair. This one would be great for a day at the park, or the annual 4th of July BBQ.

 

The Consensus on Council

   I really love everything about this place. The workers are phenomenal sports and so patient, the owner is charming and has a great eye for aesthetics. You guys have surely picked up that I’m a sucker for distressed looking bricks. I adore any whiff of industrial interior design- the pipes in the dressing rooms to hang your selections on only add to it, regretfully I didn’t think to get a picture of those- next time?

My one and only gripe is the prices are a touch out of my price range- from $100-$235, it’s something that I would absolutely love to bring home, but sadly can’t right now. They have high-quality clothing and it’s fittingly stylish with a variety of patterns and textures to choose from. If you’re in the area, this is another place I totally recommend you pay a quick visit to.

I want to give one last thanks to our models, you guys are naturals! 

Frugal Fashion: 3 styles under 10 dollars!

Hi, everyone! It’s time for a new angle on the fashion side of Java and Jeans, the frugal side! I will basically only ever buy things on clearance or at a reduced price so this series will focus on that. I’ll be prowling the stores, both well known and not-so-much, to find the best deals and share my spoils with you! For today’s post, I gathered 3 outfits for Under 10 dollars!

This post is going to feature Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Plato’s Closet. Two of these stores are among my favorites for great bargains! While I enjoy Plato’s Closet, it can be a little bit of a hit or miss for me sometimes.

Disclaimer: Of course, while at Boutiques I’ll still focus on their gorgeous pieces no matter the price.

Outfit One: 

 

At Forever 21, I was lucky to find them having a huge clearance area with an additional 50% off, which made this find even more satisfying. I found this gorgeous slate grey off-shoulder dress, that is a kind of mix of cute/classy. I can see it paired with ivory pumps and pearl accessories. The perfect makeup would be a smokey eye and matte lip. This gorgeous thing was only $4.50 and the necklace I hunted down was $4. And, with this outfit totalling under 10 I’m ready for my date!

Off Shoulder Dress Under 10
This gorgeous slate off shoulder dress makes me feel like finding my long pearls- I was unsuccessful in my hunt.

 

Outfit Two:

 

I continued my search and took it to Charlotte Russe. This is one of my favorite hunting grounds for great prices and trendy styles. I’m really big on the romper craze, I just can’t get over how cute they are. Not only are they cute, they’re an extremely versatile look and I really hope that they cement their place in fashion. I found this gorgeous (somewhat) plunging velvet romper, in burgundy, at Charlotte Russe for 6 dollars. They’re a great place to find cute clothes for under 10, they have a 6.99 rack and 9.99, for my fellow bargain hunters!

For this outfit, I’m really feeling a half ponytail, gold hoops and a tassel necklace matched with a pair of strappy heels, sadly I don’t possess the dream heels for this particular style. This is a stylish night out on the town with the girls sort of look, and the makeup should match that aesthetic. I’m feeling a dark lip, like brown or burgundy with a shimmery eyeshadow. For the eyes, I really like bronze or gold shadow to pull the look together.

I did end up pairing mine a little differently than I would have liked, due to availability. With what I had, I ended up pairing this outfit with trendy black ankle boots and a large gold necklace. My makeup was red matte lip and an (attempted) smokey eye. All in all, I think I’m ready for a night out on the town. Now, where are the girls?

Velvet Romper Under 10
I enjoyed this outfit, though for the summer it’s a little hot. Not as bad as I thought it would be!

Outfit Three:
 

To round off this first foray into fashion, I couldn’t not include one of the most basic and easy outfits to work with: Capris and a Tank. We’re in the summer, and I felt like playing to the season in this last outfit. I found these comfy and light capris and gorgeous graphic tank for a combined 10 dollars at Plato’s Closet. I paired it here, with converse and some more natural makeup. 

Honestly, this style is what I’m the most at home with- it’s simple and cute, and great for the upcoming Fourth of July!

Tank and Capris under 10
My favorite outfit of the three- it’s extremely comfortable and breathable.

I had so much fun finding these outfits and I hope to share so many more with you guys! It’s totally possible to look great for a reasonable price!

Happy Hunting, everyone!